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Fool Moon

The Dresden Files, Book 2
Written by: Jim Butcher
Narrated by: James Marsters
Series: The Dresden Files, Book 2
Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (311 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden is Chicago's only openly practicing wizard. He is also dead broke. His vast knowledge and magical skills are unfortunately matched by his talent for making powerful enemies and alienating friends. With little more than his integrity left, he accepts an offer of work from Lt. Karin Murphy of Chicago's Special Investigations Unit. He wants to redeem himself in Murphy's eyes and make enough money to quiet his rumbling stomach.

Soon he finds himself pinned between trigger-happy FBI agents, shape-shifiting motorcycle gang members, a threatened mobster boss, and an heir to an ancient curse along with his primal fiance. Throw in environmental activists and a pair of young werewolves in love and you have something of Fool Moon.

©2002 Jim Butcher (P)2002 Buzzy Multimedia

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Leaves a bit to be desired, but worth it!

Somehow, the second installment didn't captivate me quite as swiftly as the first one did.

This book is another well-written insight to the urban fantasy of Butcher's universe, and still worth checking out if you enjoyed the first book. Marsters is still the perfect casting choice for the narration and I thoroughly enjoyed his performance. Would I call it a worthy sequel, though? Not quite.

Writing-wise, I feel as if too many new characters and plot threads were introduced to make the plot sufficiently compelling. Murphy, who was one of my favourite characters in the first installment, feels like a caricature of herself, here--the once-endearing character traits of a strong moral compass and lawful stubbornness overblown to offer little more than annoying interruptions and obstacles for Dresden at the most inconvenient times. Marconi also felt like a shade of his former self, his eerie sense of unmatched power, influence, and greed now an unfounded joke in light of the plot's progression. The majority of new characters introduced felt flat and one-dimensional, only present to serve very specific roles in the carefully crafted outline of the mystery.

Agent Denten, on the other hand, was fantastically written! He was realistic, formidable, strong, and fabulously intimidating. One of my favourite parts of the book was the soulgaze he exchanged with Dresden--what an awe-inspiring turn of prose. Without giving too much away, his role was the highlight of this story for me, and I honestly feel as if the addition of the weaker cast mates on his team diluted his impact as a character.

I also really enjoyed Susan's character development and the development of her relationship with Dresden, as well. She was fleshed out a bit more, given a bit more personality and motivation and agency, and I love her all the more for it. I do hope we get to see more of her and Dresden in the future.

All in all, this was still an entertaining read! I will definitely be continuing the series as I am excited to see where Dresden's adventures take him next.

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I love this series!

Perfectly suited voice for the telling. This is my second time round with this series.

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amazing narrative!

it is Jim Butcher at his usual best. there are no more positive words I can use to describe such a well rounded and believable story. See I have used these words many times before and now it is just boring, I will have to make up new words like the story line is "beroundable". LOL we will have to start a Dresden dictionary.

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Exciting story with lots of angst

Couldn't put it down. Narration quality was a little better this time around. Moving on! Harry is super brooding, which I understand now to be read well by James.

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Amazing

Harry, Dresden, wizard and finder of lost items. This is a paranormal thriller that exposes the users of magic in new grittier, less than glamour terms than most other books. Harry is only able to eek out a simple existence between saving the rest of us from what gods bump in the night in this case it is werwolves of different kinds and nature’s.

This is a wonderfully crafted paranormal book that is full of quirky, unusual and interesting characters with a myriad of positive and negative attributes. Since the story is told from Harry’s point of view, we are able to peek into his world and into his thought processes, his emotional responses, his motivations and actions. The storyline flows smoothly and quickly chalked full of great action, frightening gory scenes, surprises, and the unexpected along with magic. The compassion, dedication, empathy that Harry shows is tapered well with his willingness to do what it takes and keep the laws of magic. I found this book well written and I look forward to reading more in this series.

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fool moon.

my second read through in preparation for peace talks. I'd forgotten how nasty Murphy was in this book. man up Harry and tell her off! of course I loved this one like all the other Dresden books. so much happens to Harry, I think I'll start calling him Charlie brown. it's his determination that I love, he never gives up .

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Incredible!

Another great book in a fantastic series! Unbelievable performance, the whole thing comes together to create a character that you can actually cheer for!

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Loved this book!!

loved this book! good story and good orator!! going to listen to more of the books in this series!!

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Entertaining though not spectacular

Very well read. Story was entertaining but sometimes painful or predictable, it really clubs you over the head with the theme. Still a good fun read.

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an overall upgrade from Stormfront

The narration is cleaner, the story feels more original, the chapter format is just flat out better. if you enjoyed stormfront you will like this installment as well.

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  • Just Dave
  • 2010-05-06

One of the best books I've read in a long time!

I first discovered The Dresden Files series on NetFlix and was instantly hooked. I was nervous about reading Jim Butcher's books after seeing the series, worrying that my preconceptions and possible knowledge of plotlines might take away from the experience, but there's so much more to the characters and stories that I didn't even think of the TV series as I listened. Wonderful characters, wonderful stories, wonderful prose. I liked Marster's narration better in the second book. In fact, as much as I loved the first book, I found the second far more enjoyable, suspenseful, and thought provoking.

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  • pterion
  • 2009-07-16

I'm liking Harry more and more

I was looking for another engaging series to try after reading all of Charlaine Harris' Sookie Stackhouse books and found Jim Butcher's books.

Harry Dresden, a wizard/detective in Chicago, is a very quirky, compelling main character who gets himself in one unbelievable predicament after another. I found the writing style of this second Dresden book to be decidedly improved from the first (Storm Front). Although there is still some hackneyed detective-genre prose to make me cringe at times, I am won over by Jim Butcher's talent for painting these characters, creating an intriguing paranormal universe, and some twisty-turny storylines that keep you guessing.

Fool Moon (nice pun, BTW) is about Harry's search to discover the source of a recent spate of killings, presumably by a werewolf. You will learn more about the different flavors of werewolf than you ever thought you wanted to know, and how they kill their prey (warning: not for the squeamish!)

I'm going to download the rest of the Dresden series because I just have to know what happens next to Harry and how he'll get out of it!

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  • Joseph
  • 2015-11-06

Good story reader saliva issue

The story was good but the reader needed to drink some water or something. He keeps lip smacking throughout the book which is like listening to someone eat hot wings. Very distracting.

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  • Mark
  • 2019-09-13

too much drama!

I don't know if detective Murphy it's supposed to be likeable or easy to relate to but her bitchyness in combo with Dresdens self loathing nature completely ruin this book.

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  • Brandon
  • 2019-01-16

Awful, just awful

I wanted to quit this book so many times but I powered through it, this is a series that has been recommended to me over and over again. I really hope it gets better soon or I am quitting.

There are some good things here, but they are utterly undone by frustrating and annoying characters. Somewhere around the 50th time Dresden slipped into a "poor me" monologue of him blaming himself for things that are usually in no way his fault, I decided that he might be the whiniest character I have ever read. But at least he is somewhat redeemable, with his never give up attitude, no matter what is in front of him he just keeps going and fighting. Which is good because the other annoying quality to his character in this book is he is always almost dead, from almost go in this book he is always one inch from death, which would be a great tension builder if it wasn't so overused here. But the thing about this book that made me want to hurl my headphones across the room is Murphy, she is one of the most infuriating and insufferable characters I have ever put up with in a book. She is way too much of a hot headed to be remotely believable as the great detective that Dresden says she is. The second something supernatural happens that Dresden didn't tell her about she is punching, trying to arrest him, or saying she can't trust him. Jim Butcher does such a huge disservice to what should be a strong female character by making her unreasonable and distrusting, and the only reason he does this is to advance the plot. If Murphy and Dresden are working together the plot of this book is resolved much easier and quicker, so she is turned into a character whose death I wished for on every page just to push the plot along. The next book in this series better be worlds better or I think I am done. This is the worst book I have suffered through in years.

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  • Kent A. Larson
  • 2009-07-09

Another great novel of the Dresden Files

This novel is a turning point in the series. It is the second book in the Dresden Files and paves a strong foundation for turning a fairly light fantasy series into a substantial series with characters that live and breath. Murphy and Dresden begin to define the kind of friendship that will blossom into something very special.

Harry becomes something a bit more than just a brooding wizard as he begins to realize his responsibilities not just to trying to make a living but to his friends and his community of wizards.

James Marsten continues his excellent talent of reading these books and I disagree with a previous review that his delivery was shaky. His performance was stronger than the first book, Storm Front, and it continues to get better through the rest of the series.

I hope Audible gets all of the series. You should, too!

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  • Brandon
  • 2013-05-21

Done with Mr. Dresden

Any additional comments?

I have to admit I came into The Dresden Files expecting something really great but in the end it really just isn't for me. Dresden is a bit of an ass and spends most of the book in an emo mess of self loathing about how everything wouldn't be so screwed up if he was just able to figure out the convoluted mystery sooner.

Then there is Karrin Murphy. Ms. Murphy is far to quick to just assume Dresden is an evil, murdering, bastard when in truth he is just a crappy friend who can't just tell her what is actually going on which is what she is paying him to do.

Oh and lets not forget Mr. Masters. The breathing, oh the breathing. Why in the world did the editor allow all of the damn breathing and swallowing to stay in the book? Don't get me wrong, it isn't half as bad as the first book but it really pulled me out of the story. At least the production value for this book was a bit better than the first because it didn't sound like a bootleg of a 1950s radio program.

Alas, I have to say that I really don't think I am going to continue the Dresden Files. I had high hopes but it really just seems like a chore to continue with the series. It isn't the worst thing in the world and I fully understand that a lot of people really love the series but it's just not for me.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2012-10-09

Pity Party

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Dresden's moaning. He goes on about how its all his fault that other people have died. He is also on his last leg, yet has energy to save the day one more time. I think Butcher pushed it in this book.

Would you be willing to try another book from Jim Butcher? Why or why not?

Possibly, but if its another pity party - count me out of the Dresden series.

Which scene was your favorite?

Nothing comes to mind

Do you think Fool Moon needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No, because it would involve more self pity.

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  • Bob
  • 2014-03-06

Reasonably good book, poor performance

What did you like best about Fool Moon? What did you like least?

After enjoying the Codex Alera series, I hoped that I was going to enjoy the Dresden Files. Unfortunately, I can't say that I have, and I'm not going to buy any more of the books in this series. In fairness to the author, my primary issue with the books is the reader. Maybe I have been spoiled by George Guidall, Kate Reading, and others, but Marsters' narration is so distracting that it keeps me from appreciating the author's work. That having been said, I can only rate the book itself as good, as opposed to very good or excellent. Some of the things that the characters do are simply implausible. Granted this is a book series about a wizard, but still, the actions of the people in the book need to be consistent with human nature. For example, an FBI agent would not draw her gun and try to kill a police lieutenant simply because they had gotten into a tussle. So, net-net, the first two books were disappointing.

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  • Bspittman
  • 2018-09-28

Ridiculously frustrating main character

Narrator: James Marsters does a masterful job in the story telling.

Story: I generally like stories involving the supernatural. I’ve found the Dresden File stories I’ve gone thru so far (first three) to be unbelievably frustrating. I don’t see how an author can write a character who is suppose to be a more Intelligent one (wizards are suppose to generally possess an above average intelligence) be so absolutely stupid!?!? The Character of Harry Dresden acts more like a brain addled barbarian then then astute wizard. I find this portrayal to be so frustrating that I’ve given up on reading or listening to anymore of these stories.

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